Sunday, January 1, 2012

Let the Challenge Begin!!

Day #1
The day has finally come for me to start this "heart-a-day" challenge!  The name implies that each day I will take time to make one heart, but that's not how it's going to be; I need to let my creativity be my guide, which means that some days I will make one, or two, or five...and other days I will make none.  Posting will be unpredictable too, based on what I have made, but I promise to post something at least once a week, so if you check in here that often, you won't miss anything!

Heart #1
Wool felt, cotton embroidery thread, fiberfil, safety pin.

I took the idea for this heart from this Valentine's Day post at The Purl Bee.  I decided to try the safety pin on the back because the regular jewelry-type pin backs stick out so much that this little heart would always look askew when being worn. 

I must say that it was much more difficult to make than it looks; cutting two hearts exactly the same size with the pinked edges lining up perfectly was not easy!  And I am a perfectionist, so the edges had to line up.

I like the simplicity of just the red felt and green stitching; I wore this a lot during December.  You may see this again in different color combinations in the coming months!


Elaine Akers said...

Your first red felt heart pin of 2012 is adorable. Looking forward to see what you come up with for the next 364 days. Happy New Year!

susan ab said...

What a great heart to start your 365 journey, Leslie! Very very pretty.
HeartFELT wishes for a wonderous new year!

mini_mum said...

Channel 4 had a programme just before Christmas where they did a heart garland - they ironed bond a web on the fabric, cut out the hearts, sewed most of the way round, ironed the outside to fuse, then stuffed and closed and pinked the edges at the end - no worries about the matching that way :)

Love this little heart! and hope that 2012 is as good as ever it can be for you and yours.

Leslie Andersen said...

Thanks, all, for the good comments!

Mini_mum, your method sounds good, and I tried cutting the two layers at the same time, but the felt was too thick or the pinking shears weren't sharp enough to get a clean cut. I will have to try it again with regular fabric.

elizabeth said...

this is a fun and unique challenge! i am inspired! i have been looking for some inspiration all day! thanks--so glad i stumbled upon your blog via pinterest